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Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain that became popular after the stoner film with the same name was released in 2008. Best used in the daytime on a day off, it induces a body numbing feeling of relaxation that is perhaps too mellow for the complex tasks of a work day, but perfect for a lazy day filled with creative adventures. Read on to find out more about this intriguing strain and if it lives up to its film reputation as “the dopest dope”.

Parent Strains – Where Does Pineapple Express Come From?

Pineapple Express is a cross between Trainwreck and Hawaiian, resulting in a 60:40 ratio of Sativa to Indica. The THC level generally falls in the 14-19% range, but can go as high as 25% depending on the growing conditions. CBD levels are negligible at less than 1%. The Pineapple Express cannabis plant is easy to grow, producing very high yields. With up to 540 grams per plant grown outdoors or 500 grams per square meter indoors, it would only take a few plants for a good personal supply. Harvest time is about 10 weeks and about 2 weeks before harvest the smell of the plant becomes intensely sweet and strong — something to keep in mind if you are growing it indoors. UK’s G13 Labs is one among many growers and seed banks that claim to have created the original Pineapple Express strain which became commercially available in the mid-2000s. As a result there are many variations out there on the market.

What Does Pineapple Express Look, Smell & Taste Like?

The buds of a Pineapple Express cannabis plant are dense, fluffy and lime green, with orange and purple pistils and particularly long water leaves. The aroma is tropical and citrus due to its high limonene content. Pineapple Express has a unique pineapple/tropical fruit flavour on inhaling, with pine and cedar on the exhale.

The Pineapple Express Experience

Recreational users report feeling the following after smoking or vaping Pineapple Express:
  • Euphoric
  • Energized
  • Uplifted
  • Creative
  • Relaxed
  • Focused

Side Effects – What To Be Aware Of When First Trying Pineapple Express

Unfortunately, not everyone experiences solely its creative, energizing effects. People who don’t respond well to high THC, or who are prone to panic attacks should avoid this strain. Moderation is also advised if you have a mental disorder, as this strain can exacerbate symptoms. A small percentage of those who have tried Pineapple Express noticed the following milder side effects:
  • Dry mouth (25%)
  • Dry eyes (13%)
  • Paranoia (5%)
  • Dizziness (5%)
  • Anxiety (4%)

Medical Applications – What Does Pineapple Express Help With?

Pineapple Express has been known to help relieve a wide variety of health concerns in medical cannabis patients, such as:
  • Anxiety 
  • Stress
  • Chronic Depression
  • Mild aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • PTSD

Pineapple Express in Conclusion

Calming and stimulating all at once, Pineapple Express is great to get energized for a day of high adventure or intense creativity. It can help alleviate mild mood disorders and aches and pains. A word of caution —  it might be wise to stay away from this strain if you are sensitive to THC or suffer from panic attacks. What do you think? Is Pineapple Express the “dopest dope”?
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